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"Above Us All" in 3D HFR at the Berlinale

Above us All will appear at the Berlinale Generation on February 12-16, 2014 as a special out-of-competition screening that will be the world premiere for this stereoscopic 3D HFR movie. The unusual 3D shooting technique renders Above Us All a true one-of-a-kind experience.

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The Story

Above us All is a story of 11 year-old girl Shay who, after the death of her indigenous mother, is taken from Australia to Ypres by her Flemish father. In her new surroundings, full of traces of the First World War, Shay tries to understand her mother’s death. In the meantime the camera is spinning around in circles questioning about our position in time and space.

Note: Ypres is a Belgian city famous for its role in World War One and today the site of the Menin Gate War Memorial featuring the names of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who were killed during the conflict and whose graves are unknown.

Unusual Technique

The 100-minute film was shot using an innovative technique: stereoscopic 3D at 50 frames per second, using long panoramic shots in every scene. The Story is told through a series of 2-minute long 360° panoramic shots running from left to right. Three circular shots were filmed each day for 30 days.

  • Jansen decided to shoot the film in 3D in order to “tell a story without telling the story”.
  • 50 frames per second HFR ensured there was no stroboscopic effect as so common with 24fps movies.
  • Artificial lighting was almost impossible to hide due to the circular motion path of the camera.
  • The sound was key to many scenes as a lot of things happen outside the frame.
  • Language: Dutch/Flemish/English/Kalimaroy (English subtitles)
  • Cinematography: Adri Schrover.
  • Stereographer: Kommer Kleijn.

Eugenie Jansen

Director Eugenie Jansen (IMDB) made a name for herself as documentary filmmaker. She has directed several feature films; Sleeping Rough (2002) a.o. Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival and Calimucho (2008) Dutch Film Press Award – selected for the Berlin Film Festival.

More Info

The Berlinale showing will take place  at the CinemaxX theatre, Potsdamer Platz in berlin, Germany at 11:30 on Feb 12 and at 16:30 on sunday Feb 16. Eugenie Jansen and the film crew will be present.

Above Us All is on IMDB and on EyeFilm.

Producer: De Productie.